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prickle

[prik-uh l] /ˈprɪk əl/
noun
1.
a sharp point.
2.
a small, pointed process growing from the bark of a plant.
3.
a sharp process or projection, as from the skin of an animal; a spine.
4.
a pricking sensation.
verb (used with object), prickled, prickling.
5.
to prick lightly.
6.
to cause a pricking or tingling sensation in.
verb (used without object), prickled, prickling.
7.
to tingle as if pricked.
Origin of prickle
950
before 950; Middle English prykel (noun), Old English pricel. See prick, -le
Related forms
unprickled, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • There was a prickling at the base of my scalp and I was drenched with cold sweat.

    The Man the Martians Made Frank Belknap Long
  • During the night, the fullness, numbness, and prickling were much increased.

  • For a strange nothing had started my neck-hairs to prickling.

  • That instant, wherever the weight of his hand had been, the prickling began.

    The Wonder of War on Land

    Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  • He felt a prickling on the nape of his neck, as the hair stirred there.

    Darkness and Dawn George Allan England
  • He woke some time later with the prickling feeling of danger on his skin.

    The Buttoned Sky Geoff St. Reynard
  • Hyrst's nerves were prickling with a mixture of fierce satisfaction and fear.

    The Legion of Lazarus Edmond Hamilton
  • And in the silence there came to him again that strange, prickling apprehension.

  • With him gone, Helen felt a palpitating of her heart and a prickling of her skin.

  • Lindsays hair rose with a prickling progress from his scalp.

    Out of the Air Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for prickling

prickle

/ˈprɪkəl/
noun
1.
(botany) a pointed process arising from the outer layer of a stem, leaf, etc, and containing no woody or conducting tissue Compare thorn (sense 1)
2.
a pricking or stinging sensation
verb
3.
to feel or cause to feel a stinging sensation
4.
(transitive) to prick, as with a thorn
Word Origin
Old English pricel; related to Middle Low German prekel, German Prickel
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Word Origin and History for prickling

prickle

n.

Old English pricel "thing to prick with, goad, point," from the same source as Old English prician (see prick (v.)) with instrumental suffix -el (cf. Middle Low German prickel, Dutch prikkel).

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